GetUp! Appropriates FB’s ‘Friends Day’ Video, Tells Turnbull #LetThemStay

GetUp! released a new video online tonight, pleading Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reconsider deporting 267 asylum seekers to Nauru. Please. Pretty please. With sugar on top.

The minute-long clip is a pitch-perfect re-imagining of Facebook’s ‘Friends Day’ videos, setting the names and faces of prominent ‘friends’ of the cause – Premiers Daniel Andrews, Jay Weatherill, Mike Baird, and Anastacia Palaszczuk included – along photos of some of the babies awaiting deportation to the Pacific island.

Andrews’ cameo appearance even comes after he treated some of the young kids involved with a trip to the zoo. 

The video’s sweet, jaunty tone draws the notion we could be sending these kids into detention into painfully sharp relief. 

Hey Malcolm Turnbull. Tonight, tens of thousands of Australians came together in support of 267 people seeking protection, and called on you to #LetThemStay. So your friends made you this video…

Posted by GetUp! on Monday, 8 February 2016

The group has been spearheading the #LetThemStay campaign since the High Court first ruled the asylum seekers’ possible deportation was legal last week.

That same campaign has spawned rallies nationwide, and the video corresponds with tens of thousands of protesters taking to the streets around Australia tonight.

In fact, Tom Ballard may have put it best:

At time of writing, the clip has been viewed nearly 80,000 times, and shared around by over 2,000. Whether the Prime Minister is in that number is yet to be seen.
Source: Facebook.
Photo: Facebook.